U.S. missile strikes on Syria “benefited terrorism” – Iranian president Rouhani

Published: 06:03 GMT, Apr 11, 2017 |

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that further U.S. strikes on Syria could push the region into a “very dangerous” situation.

Rouhani told a press conference in Tehran on Monday (April 10) that the U.S. missile strikes against a Syrian airbase last week was “basically wrong” and “should be condemned” because it “benefited terrorism”.

The U.S. bombarded a Syrian airfield near the city of Homs with 59 Tomahawk missiles on Friday after what it says was a chemical weapons attack launched by the Syrian government, which killed dozens of people.

Iran slammed the U.S. military action on Syria and called for an impartial probe into the alleged use of chemical weapons. On Monday’s press conference, Rouhani said the U.S. action on Syria will only bolster terrorists.

“The U.S. strike on Syria is intended to remedy the terrorists’ failures. We think this U.S. action is unacceptable and basically wrong and it should be condemned. But at the same time, the use of chemical weapons is completely wrong and should also be condemned,” he told reporters.

In replying to a China Central Television (CCTV) reporter’s question about the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers, Rouhani said Tehran will continue to abide by the deal, but warned that if any party went back on the agreement, they will repent of their mistakes.